Gubei Water Town, Beijing, China

2 hours driving from Beijing city to the North (or maybe North east), you can reach Gubei Water Town, or 古北水镇. Don’t get me wrong, you will be still in Beijing, but outskirt.
The term “water town” normally appears in southern China, where there have to be a lot of rivers. It simply feels like you won’t expect Venice located in the mountains. Gubei, however, has both river and mountains around it. This is very rare in Beijing, or even the entire Northern China. Even more surprisingly, on the mountains around Gubei, there is also a piece of Great Wall. All of these make Gubei definitely a place to visit in Beijing.